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Enormous Farmer’s Market in Sugar Land, Texas

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Sugar Land Farmer's Market

Sugar Land Farmer's Market

Vegetables, Entertainment, and So Much More!

My husband and I truly enjoyed our first visit ever to the Farmer’s Market at Imperial in Sugar Land last Saturday.

The iconic towers of the Imperial Sugar Company are the backdrop for this farmer’s market that is held every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM year-round rain or shine.

Location of this farmer’s market: 234 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, Texas 77478.

Sugar Land, Texas

For those who might not know, Sugar Land, Texas derives its name from the sugar plantations and sugar refining industry that used to be headquartered there.

Imperial Sugar Company ceased to exist as a refinery and also as a distribution center in 2003 in that location. The name Sugar Land, however, will forever be associated with that portion of the Houston Metropolitan Area because of the once prominent sugar industry in that area.

Sugar Land is a rapidly expanding area luring affluent and well-educated folks to its environs. Most of the people living there derive their incomes from white-collar jobs. Many of the subdivisions are master-planned communities with many amenities offered to the residents who live there.

It is a rapidly expanding area of population, and this includes businesses that are increasingly headquartered there. It is a far cry from the early days when it was pretty much operated as a company-owned town!

Vendor Booths

While there were some individual tented booths set up on the parking lot area, many of the vendors were situated under a large canopied permanent structure. This offered shade to not only them but also shoppers at this farmer’s market. The shaded structure is much appreciated, particularly in the hot and sultry Houston summer months.

Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcomed, and we saw quite a few pooches accompanying their owners as they shopped. Fortunately for the animals, several businesses were catering just to them and offering free samples of their homemade organic dog treats.

This is a much larger farmer’s market than the one in Katy that we visited last week. Many more vendors are at this farmer’s market in Sugar Land. They offer everything from homemade goat milk soaps to art to homemade loaves of bread, pastries, jewelry, and more.

One can always find vendors selling organic and local honey, which is nice. We still had some from our purchase last week, but it is good to know that there will always be local sources at these farmer’s markets.

Potted plants are sold at this farmer’s market for those people who wish to get a good start on growing their own tomatoes, peppers, and more.

Of course, there are the vegetables…a wide assortment of them, in fact! The Plant it Forward folks had a booth here as well as at the Katy farmer’s market on Grand Parkway. We saw the first one on the University of St. Thomas campus several weeks ago and learned about them at that time. It feels good to be supporting them by buying items from them! Our purchases included bagged spinach, okra, and cucumbers.

Meeting and Talking to Vendors

We purchased some Texas Pepper Jelly after sampling it as well as other jelly concoctions from one friendly fellow at the Kristi’s Kitchen booth and some Habanero Dill Pickles from another gentleman representing the Texas Pickle Company.

We were given a sheet recommending various uses of the Texas Pepper Jelly. We are looking forward to using it as a glaze on fish and other proteins. It is zesty and flavorful and will add an extra flavor boost to different foods.

That is one beautiful thing about shopping at most farmer’s markets. Getting to taste some of the food items before you buy is often the norm.

One vendor had brisket sizzling away on a grill, and another vendor had homemade ices. Various types of coffees were represented as well as an assortment of Indian food in containers ready to go.

There were a couple of food trucks outdoors as well as entertainment that probably varies from week to week. It is truly a family-friendly place!

The friendly couple at the Morning Mist Harvest, we found out, have their gardens in our area of town. We are practically neighbors! It was their first time at this farmer’s market. What drew my attention was their offering of long beans. Long beans are truly well named as they are indeed long!

We enjoyed talking to Vicky and her husband. Besides the long beans, we purchased some flavorful, almost licorice-like tasting Thai basil and a loofah. I had grown loofah years ago when we lived in Wisconsin and only knew it as a sponge. We learned that when loofah is picked young, it is eaten as a vegetable, much like zucchini. Vicky said that it is a bit softer in consistency than zucchini.

Family and Pet-Friendly Place!

Most every one of the vendors was engaging and friendly to the patrons. Many of the people shopping there seemed to know one another from previous visits. Some of the dogs also appeared happy to greet other dogs they seemed to know.

Our purchases this week included the following: Habanero Dill Pickles, four eggplants, table onions, garden fresh cucumbers, okra, Thai basil, a bag of fresh spinach, a loofah vegetable, long beans, and the Texas Pepper Jelly.

All in all, I would give this farmer’s market a definite thumbs up!

Sources:

There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.

— Bill Bryson

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2020:

Hi Treathyl,

Sugar Land has grown by leaps and bounds in the last number of years. I am sure you would like visiting there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2020:

Hi Brenda,

I am sure you would love this farmer's market! It is fun to be able to sample items before purchasing them. I have not been there since COVID-19, so I do not know how they are handling that aspect of it.

Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on October 24, 2020:

I have never been to Sugar Land, Texas but now you make me want to go.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 24, 2020:

This market sounds great.

Having friendly people & being able to actually taste things before you make a purchase is wonderful.

If I were in the area I would definitely take a stroll & purchase some fresh veggies.

I would also enjoy looking over the homade soaps. I like all natural products if I can find them.

Thanks for the read.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

Yes, it is much more pleasant visiting places like this farmer's market now that the weather has cooled off. Next week the predicted highs will only be in the upper 60s. I am looking forward to that.

As to the virus, it will not magically disappear. We need to keep our guard up or pay the consequences. Stay safe!

C E Clark from North Texas on October 24, 2020:

This should be a great time to visit the farm market as it's harvest season for lots of things -- and things have cooled off so it's more pleasant to be outdoors.

More and more of your articles are no longer accepting comments.

Posting this article to AH & FB.

Hope all is well with you and your hubby and that you are staying safe. Seems like the virus is revving up again, but Trump says it isn't because people are tired of hearing about it and dealing with it, so I guess he and his supporters are just going to ignore it until it feels unwanted and goes away . . . seems like that's what they've been doing from the start, and from what many of us can tell, ignoring it isn't working.

Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2020:

Hi James,

Thanks for the virtual visit. You could showcase some in your area for us to see?

James A Watkins from Chicago on March 27, 2020:

I love a good farmer's market. Although Houston is too far away for us, I nonetheless enjoyed your fine report.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2020:

Hi Liz,

Now you know that this was written a while back, so do not fear. We are taking all precautions necessary to avoid contracting the coronavirus, hopefully. Thanks for your concern.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 26, 2020:

I am pleased that you are staying safe, Peggy. I was a little confused and concerned because the article said that you were at the market last Saturday.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2020:

Hi Liz,

That is good that they are practicing social distancing at your farmer's market. To answer your question, we have not been food shopping since this coronavirus pandemic started rearing its ugly head in our area. We did some significant stocking up ahead of time, and a younger neighbor has been getting us items from a grocery store a couple of times.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

You must have some fond memories of your grandparents working a stall in a local farmer's market. I am so happy to know that you liked seeing this.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 26, 2020:

This sounds great. We have a regular market in a local town. I heard that today there were very few stalls for food only with chalk marks on the ground to space people out. Did you notice any signs of changes due to coronavirus at the farmers' market?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

You are correct when you wrote that this farmer's market is a visual treat. You would enjoy it even more in person!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2020:

Hi Paula,

I agree with you 100% for all the reasons you mentioned. Thanks for your comment.

Lorna Lamon on March 26, 2020:

You have brought this market to life Peggy with your wonderful descriptions. I could spend hours here and it brought back memories of my Grandparents who were farmers and had a stall at our local farmer's market. I love the quote by Bill Bryson - so true. Great article.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 25, 2020:

This farmer's market is a visual treat. A well written enjoyable article. Thanks for this virtual tour.

Suzie from Carson City on March 25, 2020:

Peg....I truly enjoy visiting the Farmer's Markets in my local areas every year. It'd great to be out in the fresh air, seeing lots of people & shopping for local produce & supporting our own communities.

Thanks for the wonderful article. Paula

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

A quarter does not go as far as it used to! Ha!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

We are going to several different farmer's markets around our metro area to see how they compare. Good things are discovered in each of them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi Nyesha,

Happy to be able to share this information with you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi Kathy,

If your family and friends who live here like going to farmers' markets, they are certain to really like this one! Thanks for sharing this information with them.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 25, 2020:

I love to shop at a Farmers Market. I miss that here in my small town. I used to spend winters in Fl. in Leesburg. They had wonderful Farmers Markets. You could buy a small hand basket of juicy tomatoes for a quarter. Thanks again for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I just knew that you would like the appearance of this farmers market. Yes, we need to support our local farmers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Yes, getting to see people's pets and enjoying entertainment adds to the ambiance of visiting this particular farmer's market. It is one of the larger ones in the Houston metro area.

manatita44 from london on March 25, 2020:

Lovely! I believe you mentioned it in another Hub. I always like Farmer's Market for the sweetness of people going there and the good and fresh food. The last video showed some nice people and fresh produce.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on March 25, 2020:

Hi Ms. Peggy,

This farmer's market looks like such a pleasant place to walk around and shop. Thanks for sharing the photos and detailed information about it. Take care.

- Nyesha

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

Yes, there is much to entice the opening of a wallet at this Sugar Land farmers market.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Greetings Umesh,

So happy to know that you enjoyed this presentation of the Sugar Land farmers market.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on March 25, 2020:

Peggy -

There is nothing better than a bountiful farmers' market. I love seeing your hubs on spots in Texas. I am excited to share with my family and friends living there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Yes, this farmers market is also dog-friendly. I think once a farmer, always a farmer...at least in spirit and heart.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 25, 2020:

We love farmers markets. I would definitely go visit that one if I was there. Gotta support local farmers!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi Bushra,

Perhaps when it quits raining you will be able to get some fresh veggies. Stay safe! I am sure you must be dealing with the pandemic in your area also.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 25, 2020:

This looks like a really nice Farmer's Market. It's great that they allow dog's and I like that they have live music. We have a small farmer's market here one day a week, but nothing like this one in Sugar Land. Farmer's Markets are a great way to support the local community and bring home some fresh veggies.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 25, 2020:

I really like this farmer's market. A maket that has fresh fruits and vegetables, plus canned salsas or jellly I will probably spend some money. This is another interesting article about Sugarland, Peggye.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 25, 2020:

Exhaustive and informative presentation. Well conceived.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 24, 2020:

I love that farmer quote. My dad grew up on a farm and although he left, it never left him. All of the photos and your descriptions made me want to shop at our local farmers market again. It’s good the dogs are having fun as well!

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 24, 2020:

Your article made me wish more than ever I could go to the market and get some fresh veggies and fruit. But it's raining - again. Sigh.

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